COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – All eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at Interstate 75 in Columbia County reopened after crews worked to repair an overhead sign that was damaged in a crash late Sunday morning, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The crash occurred on the I-10 east ramp to Exit 296 I-75.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a semi traveling east on I-10 was slowing down to exit onto southbound I-75 about 11:20 a.m. when the driver lost control. Troopers said the semi swerved across the eastbound lanes of I -10, and the front of the semi impacted a guardrail and then the support beams for the large metal traffic sign that crosses I-10. The semi then jackknifed, and the cab came off the frame.
Troopers said the driver of the semi, a 29-year-old Orlando man, and the passenger, a 50-year-old Orlando man, were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The Highway Patrol report shows the driver faces a charge of careless driving.
FDOT officials said the eastbound lanes of I-10 reopened about 7:15 p.m. after being closed for hours while the sign was being repaired. At last check, traffic was still congested and was backed up to U.S. 129 in Suwannee County.